The benefits of expressing gratitude are nearly endless. Many people say it’s a key to happiness…
When you express gratitude for the things you’re thankful for, you’re forced to appreciate all that is good in life.
The other option is to use your mental energy to think about all the things you wish you had, etc.
Here’s some perspective:
If you woke up breathing, you’re incredibly blessed.
Sometimes it takes a tragedy to remind you of what’s really important in life…For me, gratitude reminds me what’s important every day. It shows me what makes me happy, and gets my brain focused on all the goodness in life.
Neil Strauss interviewed The author of A book called Thanks! How The New Science Of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by UC Davis Psychologist, Robert A Emmons showcases studies of people who keep gratitude journals…
He goes on to show that these people experience more positive emotions, feel more alive, sleep better, express more compassion and kindness, and even have stronger immune systems. All things we're helping client with at Sweat Nation.
Regularly writing brief reflections on the things you’re thankful for can significantly increase your quality of life…
I've been working on this habit. It's a self assessment of sorts, where I can write down what went well for the day, and not so well. Then, I can review what I can control do make life even better next time.
This forces awareness about how I’m spending my time and energy --- and also keeps me on track towards my goals.
The thing is though… Writing in the journal can become repetitive… I want to thank Writer Julie Tyler for my first template on how to get started on this, but honestly... how many times can I write that I’m grateful for my health and the sun shining on my face? #Miamiproblems
A few new tricks that i'm working on to maintain my gratitude practice over the long haul:
1. Switch Things Up…
The key to reaping the benefits of gratitude is to constantly notice new things you’re grateful for every day. Today, I’m grateful that I’m writing to you about how my gratitude journey is going, and then share them with you here with the goal of improving life for everyone.
You must keep your brain “alert” to recognizing gratitude by writing about specific daily things you’re grateful for.
2. Don’t Force It…
Don’t write in your gratitude journal because you “have to do it...”Make time for it when it best fits your schedule. For me – that’s midday. The key here is to integrate this into your life smoothly and painlessly --- not stress out and add another thing to your every growing to do list.
3. Be Social…
Our relationships are often the greatest factor affecting our happiness.
Strauss tells that The author of the book suggests that one should express gratitude for people, rather than circumstances or material items. He goes as far as recommending to include others in your expression of gratitude.If you’re feeling grateful for someone, let him or her know it! After all, the most important thing you can give anyone is your time and attention. Taking your time to share and spread good energy is an excellent way to invest your time.
4. Don’t Complicate It
Express gratitude however you please…For me, I write in my Harry Potter paper journal…
I just list things I’m grateful for after my writing…
It's a nice boost for the day.
I’ll never forget a lesson I came across in my reading.
"Get yourself in a great mood before you start working."
I put my phone and computer away until I’m done with my Writing Time.
Be awesome, It's a Practice
P.S. While we’re at it, why don’t you hit SN up and let us know what you’re grateful for today!
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